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Why We Fight: The Battle of China


Published 1943


Produced by the U.S. Army Special Service Division, and directed by Frank Capra "Why We Fight" is a seven part propaganda/documentary series that traces the earliest beginnings of the second world war starting with Japan's invasion of China in 1931, to the Nazi's march across europe.

This is a remasterd version encoded for Apple TV.


Run time 01:02:11.49
Producer U.S. Army Special Service Division
Production Company U.S. Army Special Service Division
Audio/Visual sound, b&w

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Reviewer: JackHuang - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2013
Subject: Interesting film. 2010 reviewer is dead-wrong.
Not a bad film, though better picture quality would've been nice. Having been made in 1944, it's an American perspective on modern China that's refreshingly devoid of McCarthyist bigotry.

The reviewer below complaining about the film's use of the PRC national anthem (in the intro) simply knows nothing about the history of the song.

The song was originally written during the Sino-Japanese War as a morale-boosting battle cry in the fight against the invading Japanese. The PRC later borrowed it and made it their national anthem, much like how "The Star-Spangled Banner" was a US Navy song before it became the national anthem.

The film's use of the song is perfectly (and I mean perfectly) appropriate.
Reviewer: fulingw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2011
Subject: We shall not forget.
It is wonderfully made film. I hope every Chinese will watch this film and remember the history.
Reviewer: steandric - - August 26, 2010
Subject: Complaint
It is inappropriate and irritating that The National Anthem of The People's Republic of China (PRC) was used for this movie as the PRC was not even in existence at the time this so-called The Battle of China was fought. The use of the PRC National Anthem making the impression that the merits of fighting this war against the Japanese with the price of thousands of thousands of Chinese lives belonged to the PRC is totally wrong and disrespectful to the The Republic of China (ROC) government now in Taiwan.
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